Joachim Low has named Bastian Schweinsteiger in his Germany’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016, but there is no place for Marco Reus.
Manchester United midfielder Schweinsteiger was a doubt to travel to the tournament, having not played competitive football since March due to a knee injury.
However, Germany manager has decided to keep faith with his captain, with Reus, Karim Bellarabi, Julian Brandt and Sebastian Rudy being cut from the provisional squad.
Borussia Dortmund forward Reus misses out following the advice of medical staff, meaning there is a place for former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski.
Pretty heartbreaking for Reus having missed World Cup through injury. No place in squad behind Podolski. Oh, and it’s his birthday!
— Martin Laurence (@martinlaurence7) May 31, 2016
“The medical staff could not give a clear prognosis for Marco,” Low said.
“He has massive injury problems and the medical staff was very sceptical about his ability to last through the coming weeks and such a gruelling tournament.
“It is a bitter decision and bitter for Marco.”
Midfielder Sami Khedira added: “He can barely run straight at the moment and you have to be fully fit if you play in a European championship.
“It is very bitter but I am confident he will get his chance on the big stage.”
The squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Bernd Leno (Leverkusen)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Emre Can (Liverpool), Antonio Rudiger (Roma)
Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Schalke)
Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg)